Foodspotting, a site that helps users find the best place to eat the food they’re craving, has just raised $750,000 in seed funding.
There are plenty of restaurant guides and review sites on the Web, but I’m often less interested in finding the best-reviewed restaurant nearby, or even (say) the best-reviewed Italian restaurant. Instead, I want to find the place with the best hamburger, or if I’m at a restaurant I want to know the best thing to order. Users can upload photos and commentary about their favorite food on Foodspotting. They can also look for the best dishes near a certain location, either using the website or the Foodspotting iPhone app.
The site launched in January, and the company says it now receives about 100,000 visitors per month. The iPhone app has been downloaded 120,000 times. And users have uploaded more than 100,000 foods to the site.
Cofounder and chief executive Alexa Andrzejewski said the money will help build out the team. For example, she hired Soraya Darabi (a former New York Times and Drop.io staffer who was recently on the cover of Fast Company as one of the “most creative people in business”) to lead business development. Darabi will head efforts to build out more partnership deals, where Foodspotting can enrich its site with content from other companies. You can see a commercial for their partnership with the Travel Channel and chef Anthony Bourdain below.
The round included two investors who have recently been described as “super angels” — Aydin Senkut (who is also an investor in VentureBeat) and Dave McClure. Senkut’s Felicis Ventures led the round, while McClure’s 500 Startups, Shana Fisher’s High Line Venture Partners, Zelkova Ventures, and 2020 Ventures also invested.
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